NORMAN — Another Hybl is transferring from Georgia to Oklahoma.
Ryan Hybl, the younger brother of former Sooners quarterback Nate Hybl, was officially named OU men's golf coach Monday.
“It's kind of a strange twist for our family,” said Nate Hybl, who transferred from Georgia to Norman in 1999.
Ryan Hybl replaces Jim Ragan, who resigned May 16 after nine seasons with the Sooners.
“Ryan Hybl's passion for college golf and his experience at its highest level as both a player and coach make this an exciting time for our men's golf program,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “We have matched unbridled enthusiasm with an impressive knowledge of the game, and we're very encouraged about our future.”
OU captured its lone national team title in 1989, but has just two top-10 finishes in the NCAA tournament since then and has failed to advance past regional play eight times in the last 13 seasons.
Last season, the Sooners placed 10th in the Big 12 Tournament, failed to qualify for NCAA regional play and finished ranked 89th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
“We're not giving up on those (current) players at all. We're going to try and develop them,” Hybl said after arriving back in Georgia on Monday night. “We're going to get better, starting today. The first priority is changing perception amongst our team, our alumni and our recruits. We're just going to go about our business and get the best guys we can and develop the guys we've got.
“I don't really have a timetable in mind. I just know we're going to get better.”
Hybl, who will return to Norman on Wednesday to begin recruiting players, had been on the Georgia coaching staff since 2005.
He also played professionally during that time, competing on the Nationwide, Hooters and Tar Heel tours and posting several top-10 finishes before retiring last April with a serious elbow injury.
In 1998, Hybl was the nation's No. 1-ranked junior golfer. He was AJGA Player of the Year, a three-time AJGA All-American and a three-time member of the Canon Cup team.
Hybl said he nearly signed with OU out of high school. He initially saw the campus during his official recruiting visit in 1999, when his older brother was sitting out his transfer season with the Sooners.
“He didn't really pick my brain about OU,” Nate Hybl said. “He's a grown man. He certainly knows how to conduct himself in an interview. He's such an honest person that you can't help but like him and trust him when you sit across from him.
“I think he's an awesome recruiter who relates really well to young kids. I think he's well-qualified. From junior golf to college golf to pro golf, I think he's illustrated he's been a great recruiter.”
As a collegiate player for the Bulldogs, Hybl twice earned All-America and All-SEC honors. He finished with a 72.7 scoring average and 13 top-10 finishes. He was team captain his junior and senior seasons.
“I think the University of Oklahoma is very comparable to Georgia,” Hybl said. “The people at both places are very similar. Look at the great coaches I'm getting ready to coach alongside at OU. Hopefully, I'll jump right in line and create something special like they all have.”
On the Georgia staff, Hybl helped guide the team to five straight top-10 finishes nationally, the 2006 and 2009 SEC crowns and the NCAA East Regional title in 2008.
Following his college career, Hybl served as a tournament director for the AJGA.
Hybl graduated from Georgia in 2004 with a degree in sports science.
He is married to the former Rebecca Booker. They have one daughter, Adyline, who was born in September 2007.